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Rochester Was On Board for Library's Special Polar Express Event

A trolley took guests through downtown to view the Big, Bright Lights.

Get your ticket, take the ride.

Cookies, letters to Santa, a magic reindeer food recipe and, of course, Santa himself were all highlights of the 's first "Polar Express" event.  There were 750 registered attendees at the Friday night event.

nougat chocolates, along with hot cocoa donated by were passed out to riders waiting to take the trolley through downtown Rochester's Big, Bright Light show.

Rochester City Manager Jaymes Vettraino, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett and others took shifts reading The Polar Express to kids excited by all of the treats.

More than 70 volunteers helped out at the event that on Nov. 25.

“My daughter-in-law is a children's librarian in Florida, and they do this event outside.  I thought, 'this is just awesome' and we had to do it,” Library Director Christine Hage said.

Hage praised the volunteers and the families who turned out for the event in an orderly fashion and didn't overrun the library we know and love.  

It was a cheerful event — you could see it on every child and adult face in the house.

 “Our intent is to hold the event next year on the same night.  We might hold some stations outside and we’ll have a third trolley, too,” Hage said.

Did you attend the event at the library on Friday night? Share your photos with Patch readers. Upload them here!

Christine Hage December 10, 2011 at 12:19 PM
I want to give a special thanks to the Friends of the Library for their financial support, the Funky Frog for providing the hot chocolate, the Royal Park Hotel for providing the cookies, decorating supplies and a Pastry Chef Jennifer, Sanders for providing the nougat candies, the over 70 volunteers who helped manage the event, Mayor Bryan Barnet and City Manager Jayme Vettraino for helping with the reading of the story and the OPC singers for helping to make the evening even more festive.
Jen Petrotta December 11, 2011 at 12:48 AM
Thanks to RHPL, the friends of RHPL and all the local businesses and people (there were lots of teens!) that volunteered or donated - what a super fun event!!!!!

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